To celebrate 15 years of its existence in India, Amway’s CSR arm, Amway Opportunity Foundation held a panel discussion on corporate social responsibility, which pondered on the role of various stakeholders in the realm of CSR. An award ceremony was also held for young achievers who are differently-abled.
To commemorate 15 years of Amway in India, Amway Opportunity Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, played host to a National Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility – Sustainable Development in Delhi today. The objective of the National Summit was to ideate, discuss and call for action on pertinent issues that require the joint intervention and initiative of all key stakeholders including business and corporate enterprises, social service/not-for-profit organisations, leading thinkers under the aegis and policy-vision driven guidance of the Government of India in space of social responsibility activities. Amway Opportunity Foundation has been working for the upliftment of the lesser privileged children for the last fifteen years in India.
At a formal function at Delhi, Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament , Joint Secretary of BCCI and Member of Indian Olympic Association inaugurated the first ever national summit on “Corporate Social Responsibility – Sustainable Development”. Also present were Samir Behl, Regional President – Europe , India, Africa, Amway Corporation and William S Pinckney, MD &CEO Amway India and Chairman , Amway Opportunity Foundation.
On the occasion, Amway Opportunity Foundation also announced the institution of AOF Young Achievers Awards – the first ever national platform from AOF to recognise the talent and efforts of young achievers from differently-abled sections of the society across India. Five youngsters from different parts of India have won the inaugural edition of prestigious AOF Young Achievers Awards. AOF has appreciated the relentless effort of J. Rajashekar Reddy from Hyderabad, who is a visually challenged chartered accountant from Andhra Pradesh, Mamta Namdev Tambe, a visually challenged girl from Mumbai,who is an employee with the State Bank of India , Nilotpal Baishya, a visually challenged teacher with Guwahati Blind High School, Ambalal Gurjar, who is from Jodhpur and a visually challenged sports personality with 33 medals in national and international sports, and Md. Zubeer Ahmed, an assistant professor in the department Political Science, Janki Devi Memorial College , Delhi University.
Commenting on the initiative, Pinckney said, “The year 2013 is very special to us as we have completed 15 glorious years of our business in India. During this period Amway India has touched the lives of millions of people empowering themselves. At Amway, We take pride in our past and have faith in the future. The National Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility – Sustainable Development’ is a humble step that reiterates our commitment towards the society. We are quite hopeful that this forum will be successful in generating novel and dynamic ideas from all key stakeholders in space of social responsibility that would help us meet the goal of inclusive growth.”
Samir Behl, also added and said, “The growing importance of CSR across the globe as well as India has rewritten the relationship of business with not just the shareholders, but its various stakeholders including employees, supply chain partners, government, creditors, customers and surrounding communities. At Amway, We do believe that we can grow, prosper and flourish together and our welfare activities across the globe including India testify our philosophy. The year 2013 is a significant year for us globally as well as we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Global CSR campaign ONE BY ONE Campaign For Children that has impacted 10 million lives of children. Every year our welfare activities under the aegis of Amway Opportunity Foundation benefit over 12000 children in India. We have succeeded in this sustainable endeavor with the support of our distributors and employees.”
The National Summit also witnessed two sessions of panel discussions. The first session was on Inclusive Growth-Government, NGO & Corporate Partnership and had Dr. K. K. Upadhyay, Head, CSR Division – FICCI along with speakers such as Dr. Anil Aneja,Vice President, All India Confederation For The Blind; T. K. Mathew, Secretary & Chief Executive, Deepalaya, Dr. Kanchan Gaba, Secretary, National Association For The Blind-West Bengal and Rajat Banerjee, Head, Corporate Affairs, Amway India .
The second session focussed on ‘’ CSR- 2 per cent mandatory contribution by corporates”. The session has Yoginder Singh, Senior VP- Legal & Corporate Affairs, Amway India and Treasurer/ Member Trustee- AOF , along with speakers Rajiv Tikoo, Director & Editor – OneWorld South Asia, Dr. Sai Baba Goud, founder chairman, Devnar Foundation, Kanu Bhai Tailor, Trustee – Disable Welfare Trust of India and Dr. Amit Chatterjee , Technical Director- Development Sector Practice, KPMG.
SOURCE: Amway Foundation